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Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2011 16:46:34 +0400
From: Solar Designer <>
Subject: Re: Patch for dynamically loaded formats


On Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 08:21:40AM -0400, David Jones wrote:
> I updated the patches wiki with version 2.4 of the OpenVMS kit.  The major change is I  renamed uaf_to_password.c to uaf2john.c and updated it to run on non-VMS systems.  The kit includes a vms_tst.uaf file, synthesized from the passwords, that can be used to test uaf2john and subsequently vms_fmt with 1500 test hashes.

Thank you!  Please announce this on john-users and ask for feedback.
Maybe we have another VMS person on that list. ;-)

Personally, I only experimented with OpenVMS briefly in 1999 on a
MicroVAX (which I still have) - building an old version of John (current
at the time) with gcc 2.5 (whatever I could find in binary form for
VMS on VAX).  I never released that stuff - it was a quick hack only.
I never experimented with actually cracking VMS passwords (Jean-loup
Gailly contributed his stuff a couple of years later), but I did
transfer SYSUAF.DAT to my Linux box of the time over DECnet somehow
(over 10base2 Ethernet).  My install of OpenVMS (inherited from the
previous owner of this machine) lacked TCP/IP.  I don't recall what I
used for file transfer.  I recall that for interactive access I used
"sethost" from Linux DECnet tools.  I also recall that it was curious to
find out how DECnet relied on custom Ethernet MAC addresses - implying
that any NIC card capable of running DECnet had to allow the driver to
alter the MAC address (which might be a reason why NIC cards allow for
this in general).

But that's essentially all VMS experience I had...  Not much of it.

So let's see if we have someone with more current VMS experience/needs
on john-users.

Thanks again,


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